As our latest issue of Joint Support was being collated, we were preparing to make a presentation to the Health Select Committee at parliament on 10 April (Read article here).

The Health Select Committee is a cross party group of MPs who consider all issues related to health. It scrutinizes government legislation, can call for submissions and receive petitions. Currently the Health Select Committee is chaired by Labour Manurewa MP Louisa Wall.

In addition to our submission to the Health Select Committee we have also made a submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the well-being budget measures for this year’s budget, and it’s the first occasion to our knowledge that Arthritis New Zealand has presented to it.

Our submission arises from the launch of the report by Deloitte Access Economics, the Economic Cost of Arthritis in New Zealand, last year. This report provides a wealth of information and data about the prevalence and cost of arthritis in this country.

The report shows the enormous cost of arthritis, and includes direct health sector costs, indirect costs such as productivity and efficiency loss due to lost tax revenue, and informal and formal carer costs. An important addition to the research is the inclusion of the cost of loss of well-being for people with arthritis. Arthritis substantially reduces the amount of healthy years of life lived and it is interesting to note that rheumatoid arthritis contributes to a greater proportion of the loss of well-being.

In addition to our submission, we meet with individual MPs from all political parties and in the lead up to the general election next year we will be asking people with arthritis to contact their MPs with questions we will provide. It is interesting to hear from some MPs that they have never heard from anyone in their electorate who has arthritis!

 Let’s change that.

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Buy your Entertainment Membership to support Arthritis New Zealand – Southern Region and get free postage! Memberships are packed with year-round savings on dining, shopping and travel: https://t.co/I9Git9uKIJ

Take a look at Research Projects requiring participants. A recent addition is an invitation to participate in an online survey to find out how having a complex medical condition impacts on social relationships. https://t.co/jyjD1nUVDD

When children have had JIA for a while, they might not be using their muscles properly, meaning the muscles become weaker, which causes extra aches and pains. Cycling, swimming and dance can not only help to keep muscles strong, but can also be done socially. #WorldWellbeingWeek

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We need your help and support for our 2019 annual appeal! If you would like to volunteer your time to collect, please call 0800 663 463, email info@arthritis.org.nz or fill in our online form: www.arthritis.org.nz/appeal-volunteer-form/ ...

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Buy an Entertainment Membership to support Arthritis New Zealand – Southern Region and get free postage!
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Buy your Entertainment Membership to support Arthritis New Zealand – Southern Region and get free postage! Memberships are packed with year-round savings on dining, shopping and travel: https://t.co/I9Git9uKIJ

Take a look at Research Projects requiring participants. A recent addition is an invitation to participate in an online survey to find out how having a complex medical condition impacts on social relationships. https://t.co/jyjD1nUVDD

When children have had JIA for a while, they might not be using their muscles properly, meaning the muscles become weaker, which causes extra aches and pains. Cycling, swimming and dance can not only help to keep muscles strong, but can also be done socially. #WorldWellbeingWeek

I often #travel with a #cane. Today, after I collapsed my cane to go through security, a @fly2ohare @TSA agent offered me a wooden cane to use on my way through the metal detector. This is the first time I've been offered that. #Thankyou! #disability

We’re very excited to launch our very first arthritis-friendly recipe video! Developed with you in mind, this one-pot chicken harissa dish is a crowd pleaser: easy to make with arthritis, and nutritiously balanced to help the symptoms too!
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Newly Diagnosed Phone Service, a chance to talk to someone with the same diagnosis #NVW2019 #ArthritisDiagnosis https://t.co/fuljChi9Wv

Volunteering for a local arthritis support group can fulfill you in many ways as well as meet others who have arthritis #NVW2019 #ArthritisNZ https://t.co/F33HHxZ5m4

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